Dolsot House, Cherry Hill

We went here on the basis of recommendations in That Other Site Which Shall Not be Named, and were reasonably pleased. (Well, I was more than Mark, though I don’t think he had any particular issues, just that he is not as keen on Korean food as I am.)

While we would have loved to try all the things recommended, we are not big eaters and could not take the leftovers home (for one thing, we were headed to a science fiction convention for the weekend). So we settled for a Dolsot Bibimbap for Mark and a Clam Soon Dubu for me (with tasting swap-offs). What distinguishes the Dolsot is the crispy rice at the bottom, which seems to be the same things as Puerto Rican “pagao” at the bottom of a pot of arroz con gandules.

I thought mine was okay though not very spicy (and I ordered a Level 4)–I probably would have preferred the Kimchee Jigae. Mark said the Dolsot was definitely better than the Dolsot in the non-defunct Lincroft restaurant had been–for one thing, the rice was much crispier. The prices at Dolsot House are the same all day, making them a bit higher for lunch, but cheaper for dinner, than what we have near us (Maru in East Brunswick).

One negative was the over-loud (non-Korean) pop music playing on the television.

We may come back here next year, or we may try one of the many other Korean places we saw in Cherry Hill. (Why do they have so many and we have only the one? Can’t they send us some in a CARE package or something? :slight_smile: )

Good question. It’s got me thinking - maybe we could work a trade. Two, strip mall pizza places, a cupcake shop, and four daily badges to a beach of their choice (blackout dates may apply) for a good Korean restaurant and a Flyers cap?

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We just returned here and Mark’s Calamari Dolsot had two problems: the calamari (squid) seemed to be octopus rather than squid, and we try to avoid eating octopus. The other was that the rice wasn’t crispy. When Mark mentioned that, the waitress seemed to be saying that is you want it crispy, you have to say so. (Joon Joon, is that true?)

We may try a different place next year.

Is this the place in the strip mall with the highly rated Chinese and Greek places? I think I ate there once a couple years back. I wish we had half the variety of Cherry hill in our area!

Hmm, I’ve never heard of anyone ordering their dolsot to be extra crispy, but I guess it wouldn’t be difficult for them to keep it on the fire another minute or two before bringing it out. The only thing I have to offer is to not mix the rice completely when you get it so that it can continue crisping while you get started. You don’t want to scrape at the layer of rice making contact with the bowl so that maximum crispness can be achieved.

You’re not the first person I’ve heard with complaints about Korean places mixing up octopus and squid. The only thing I can think of is to ask for it by name in Korean - squid is “Oh-jing-uh” and octo is “nakji.”

Yes, I think that’s the one (though we weren’t paying attention to the other restaurants very much).

He didn’t want it extra crispy; he said it wasn’t crispy at all.

We have also had the octopus-for-squid problem in other Korean restaurants (e.g., the now-defunct Lincroft restaurant). We’ll have to remember to order the squid in Korean in the future, though I am not convinced that that would actually do any good–they’ll serve what they have. The answer really seems to be not to order squid in a Korean restaurant at all.

I don’t know why anyone would serve octo over squid… squid is so much cheaper. I don’t get it.

At least if you order by the Korean word and you get the wrong thing, you’ll have more leverage in sending it back?

That “highly rated” Chinese place is Han Dynasty and I’ve eaten the wings at Dolsot House once when I also got some take out from HD. I thought they were pretty good.

One funny story about Han Dynasty is that the first time I tried to go to their website I forgot the space and found out that HandyNasty.com was an entirely different place.

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Handy Nasty! Yes how could I forget. I remember really wanting to try that or Greek when I was there but peeps wanted Korean. I remember everything was decent at Dolsot, but nothing worth traveling for IMO.

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